It may be the dog days of summer for some but it is game day once again for FC Dallas tonight as they are taking on the Seattle Sounders in a big midweek clash.
Both teams come into this game on opposite streaks as Seattle lost last weekend at home to LA, while FCD downed San Jose on the road last Friday.
Previews: We have tons of preview material up and ready to read before this one kicks off.
REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. AR1 (bench): Peter Balciunas; AR2 (opposite): Corey Rockwell; 4th: David Gantar MLS Career: 221 games; FC/gm: 26.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 72; pens: 65
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: SEA: Osvaldo Alonso ... DAL: Atiba Harris
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DAL: Maynor Figueroa, Walker Zimmerman
DISABLED LIST: SEA: Roman Torres
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (18 meetings): Sounders FC 9 wins, 29 goals ... FC Dallas 4 wins, 20 goals ... Ties 5
AT SEATTLE (8 meetings): Sounders FC 6 wins, 18 goals ... FC Dallas
FUTURE MATCH: 10/16: FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 6 p.m. CT
Coaches record: Sigi Schmid vs. DAL: P43 W20 L11 D12 ... Oscar Pareja vs. SEA: P12 W3 L7 D2
FC Dallas Injury Report
OUT: Zach Loyd (concussion)
Second in assists. According to the club's game notes, Mauro Diaz is averaging 0.48 assists per 90 minutes played, which ranks second only to Antonio Martinez’s franchise record of 0.53 assists per 90 minutes in franchise history. Diaz ranks first all‐time in assists per appearance with 0.36, just ahead of Ronnie O’Brien and David Ferreira’s 0.35.
Pareja in July. FC Dallas has gone 8‐0‐1 in the month of July (2014: 2‐0‐1, 2015: 4‐0‐0, 2016: 2‐0‐0) since Pareja became manager.
Goals. Goals. Goals. Dallas is on pace to score 53 goals this season, two less than the franchise record of 55, recorded in ‘97 and ‘14.
How to watch
Kickoff: 9:30 PM
Venue: CenturyLink Field
TV: Time Warner Cabel
Online: MLS Live
Projected lineups: We had plenty of discussion in our Squad Selection post yesterday about lineups. Does Pareja rest some key guys on the turf or go for broke and attempt to get the three points with a lineup that hasn’t given up a goal in over 300 minutes?
Prediction: Our staff has a full list of predictions, which one are you going with?
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